We are officially into the start of the busy season for many businesses, but in addition to the “big” holidays that may be on everyone’s minds, there are lots of fantastic just-for-fun and awareness days coming up this October!
So, while getting ready for the festive season, don’t forget about some of the social media dates for October that may also be important to your business, industry and audience (and have historically been trending topics, too!)
Let’s jump right in and check out just some of these days that may be worth including in your content calendar for the month.
October Social Media Dates
1st – International Coffee Day – Coffee Day looks to celebrate the powerful drink that is coffee! We are coffee mad here at DFHQ! Are you like us and enjoy a cup every morning or are you more of a tea person?
1st – World Vegetarian Day – About one out of ten people consider themselves to be vegetarian. Are you one of them? Today is for you! Even if you’re not vegetarian, maybe challenge yourself with a new vegetarian recipe, or share your favourite with your audience.
1st – World Smile Day – There are many ways you can celebrate World Smile Day, like a random act of kindness to put a smile on someone else’s face, sharing a selfie with your best smile and encouraging your audience to do the same, and generally being cheerful and bringing positivity to someone’s day, which will also bring positivity to yours!
4th – Taco Day – We don’t know about you, but we don’t need a day around here to celebrate tacos! But if you needed an excuse to break out the tortillas and your favourite fillings, this is it.
4th – Vodka Day – The 4th is also Vodka Day! While it is an incredibly popular spirit around the world and made in a variety of ways, did you know vodka is also great for cooking with? While vodka sauce for pasta is more well known, it can also be used in baking, especially as a substitute for water when creating flaky pie crusts. Do you have a favourite vodka cocktail, or use it as a secret ingredient in your cooking?
5th – World Teachers Day – Today we recognize all the hardworking teachers around the world who play such an important role to our lives. Even in challenging times, teachers have had an unwavered dedication to help students learn and stay as engaged as possible. This year, more than ever, we should send a big THANK YOU to these superstars!
6th – World Cerebral Palsy Day – World Cerebral Palsy Day brings awareness to CP and how we can support those living with it. It is quite a complex disability, but a little understanding can go a long way in helping make the world a more accessible place for those living with CP. Visit the official website here for more information on World Cerebral Palsy Day and how you can get involved.
10th – World Mental Health Day – World Mental Health Day is celebrated on the 10th October and it seems to grow bigger every year! It brings awareness to mental health and how it is just as important as physical health and that it’s okay to not be okay! Mental health is something we all have, and it’s important that we take care of ourselves (and know that it’s never selfish to do so).
This year’s theme is “Mental health in an unequal world”, focusing on inequalities that can have an impact on our mental health. There are resources available on MentalHealth.org.uk’s website for your social media. It is also Mental Health Month.
11th – Canadian Thanksgiving – The second Monday of October marks Canadian Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for the harvest season and reflect on the blessings of the last year. The traditional meal is very similar to that of the US’s version of Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and of course, pie! Even if you’re not Canadian, it’s always a nice reminder to pause and reflect on all the good of the past year. It helps in these crazy times!
14th – Dessert Day – There’s only one proper way of celebrating National Dessert Day, and that’s to indulge on your favourite treat! What makes the perfect dessert in your eyes? Is it a slice of your favourite cake? A piece of pie with custard or even a dollop of ice cream?
16th – World Food Day – World Food Day, created by the United Nations in 1945, this year is bringing awareness to how everyone has a responsibility in transforming how we transform the world’s food systems, including sustainable practices and creating a fairer farm to table process for all. The United Nations encourage you to use the hashtag #WorldFoodDay and to share an action you will take to help.
19th – International Gin & Tonic Day – Of course one of the world’s most popular cocktails would get its own day! The G&T was originally created by British soldiers who wanted to make the quinine in tonic, once used as a treatment for malaria, more palatable by adding gin. Today it’s enjoyed as a refreshing drink, now made in a variety of ways with lots of different flavours to suit near everyone’s tastes. Are you a G&T lover?
25th – International Artists Day – Today honours all the artists! The world of art is so incredibly diverse, creative and often thought-provoking. It’s no surprise that art has had such a contribution to society throughout the centuries as it still does today. Celebrate your favourite artists today, past and present, and give them a shoutout!
25th – World Pasta Day – Today is a tribute to one of the world’s most versatile foods. Not only does pasta come with its own varieties, but you can jazz it up with numerous sauces (or not) and add pretty much anything to it to create a delicious dish. Are you a pasta lover?
26th – Pumpkin Day – We may most associate pumpkins with Halloween and jack-o-lanterns, but they’re also a delicious squash that can be used in a number of ways. From soups to pies and even featuring in coffee creations, pumpkins are certainly popular this time of year. They’re also a great nutritional source of zinc, magnesium and more. Will you be using a pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern this year or for cooking? Do you have a favourite recipe that includes pumpkin?
31st – Halloween – Pumpkins, ghosts and everything spooky…it must be Halloween! Halloween comes from Samhain, first celebrated amongst the Celts in ancient Britain and Ireland. It was believed that the spirits of the dead returned that day, so people would light bonfires and dress up to ward them off. The popular activity of “trick-or-treating” came from an old tradition of dressing up and telling a joke or performing a trick for a sweet treat. We love this holiday that has rich traditions around it here at DFHQ! How about you?
October is also…
Black History Month (UK)
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Mental Health Month
Get Ready for a Busy Fourth Quarter!
The fourth quarter of the year is often the busiest for many businesses, that but doesn’t mean you should put your social media marketing on the back burner while you stay busy with other things – quite the opposite!
Start with a fresh strategy for this time of year and get planning your content, maybe using some of the ideas above, alongside your promotional and educational posts for your audience. A new strategy and planning now ensures you stay consistent, relevant and in front of customers especially when they’re more in buying mode than any other time of the year.
Not sure where to start? Why not book a Social Media Power Hour with Digital Flamingo where we’ll look at creating a strategy, brainstorm ideas together and get planning your social media for October and beyond! Contact us today for a free, no obligation chat on how we can work together towards your social media marketing goals this quarter!